Clause 64

Part of Serious Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 5 July 2007.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 10:15, 5 July 2007

I am not in the least bit satisfied by the reply. It is plain to me that the provision does catch leaking. The only defence for anything offered by the Minister to the potential leaker is that a person who might have an interest in preventing the leak will be the person responsible for deciding whether or not there should be a prosecution. I have never heard of a shallower defence than that. The point that my hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch made about enlarging the class of information that could be caught is extremely sound. We shall not divide the Committee on the amendment, mainly because there are only two of us—three, if the Liberal Democrat voted with us, as I hope he would—to vote for it. I hope that the House will revisit the matter on Report and so I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.